Monday, January 20, 2020

$400,000 to Toronto Gay Pride a stimulant too far

Last week’s announcement of a $400,000 grant to Toronto’s Gay Pride Week is the latest indication of how detached the Harper Conservatives have become...

The daycare lobby produces another slick piece of political propaganda

Princeton University’s online dictionary of English terms defines ‘confidence game’ as “a swindle in which you… persuade a person to buy worthless property.” That...

When it comes to public finance, nothing should be a “no-brainer”

The controversy surrounding the Harper government’s decision to give $400K to Toronto’s Gay Pride Festival continues to grow. In his July 9th column in...

Who’s really to blame for the Ann Coulter affair at University of Ottawa?

Now that the storm surrounding Ann Coulter’s visit to University of Ottawa has subsided, it’s worth while asking who is really to blame for...

A small step toward fixing Canada’s broken immigration system

I’ve often said that the single greatest problem Canada faces today is the general, and in my view cataclysmic, decline in the quality of...

Rethinking Senate Reform

The government’s decision to prorogue Parliament until early March in response to the Senate’s obstruction of its legislative agenda has once again thrust the...

U.S. Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats barking up the wrong tree on health care

Critics of U.S. President Barack Obama’s desired health care reforms – including so-called “Blue Dog Democrats” – claim that his plan is just too...

Vic Toews got it wrong – Louise Arbour isn’t a disgrace, she’s just irrelevant

When federal Treasury Board President and former Minister of Justice Vic Toews called outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour a “disgrace”...

Balancing workers’ rights and union privileges

Balancing workers

A feckless Conservative Party? Principled conservatives have only themselves to blame

It has been said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes, but in Canada, there’s one more thing you can...

Forget the badges - Iran and Nazi Germany have more in common than hatred...

Winston Churchill once remarked that the poor response of the free world to the emergence of Nazi Germany told much about the profound “unteachability”...

Unfettered speech is not dangerous, unfettered power is

Joseph C. Ben-AmiOne would think that if anyone could mount a strong defence of Canada’s much maligned human rights commissions and their role in...

The flawed reasons for doing away with prayer at Queen’s Park

The recent decision by the McGuinty government to consider removing prayer from Ontario’s daily legislative proceedings has once again catapulted the complicated relationship between...

Making sense of the current Middle-East crisis

The current fighting in the Middle East between Israel on the one side, and Hamas and Hezbollah on the other, is not just another...

Straight talk on Canada’s “safe injection” experiment

The 18th century English poet Thomas Gray wrote that “Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.” Certainly Randy White can attest to...
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